El Segundo Police Officer Armando Rodriguez was the first to arrive at the scene of the crash and can be seen on dashcam video running toward the vehicle.
Photo credit: El Segundo Police Department
An El Segundo police officer pulled a woman from a burning car moments before it burst into flames Sunday night.
Officer Armando Rodriguez was the first to arrive at the scene of a crash around 6:10 on Aviation Boulevard and can be seen on dashcam video running toward the vehicle, according to The Daily Breeze.
When he approached the vehicle that crashed into a pole, flames were visible in the crushed driver's compartment.
While the rescue was out of range of the dashboard camera, the 17-year veteran can be heard saying "Come here! Come here! I got you. I got you," as he pulls the woman from the wreckage.
Good Samaritans stopped to help, but the officer ordered them to back away as the fire grew. He then dragged her to a grassy area on the side of the road.
By the time firefighters arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.
Officials say the 22-year-old woman who was rescued was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive.
Rodriguez was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns to his hands.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.